Last updated October 2, 2012

Partner Description:

EarthSpark International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in Haiti with innovative technology and financing solutions. By expanding market access for lower-income Haitians, the organization is putting affordable, portable solar lighting and improved cookstoves in the hands of people who need it most.

Today, 75% of Haitian households are forced to rely on toxic and expensive fuels, such as kerosene, for energy. While some alternatives do exist, most rural Haitians cannot afford the upfront costs of purchasing them, nor can they cover the costs of traveling to urban centers where they are sold. When made affordable, solar technologies are a promising alternative for lighting, where the norm in rural Haitian communities is kerosene. For cooking, improved cookstoves that use pressurized kerosene are a drastic improvement over the household norm, which is charcoal. 

The organization aims to build supply chains for small-scale clean energy technologies. Given that off-the-grid households spend an average of 25% of their incomes on dirty, low-quality sources of energy, these technologies have the opportunity to radically improve people’s quality of life while saving them money in the long run.

EarthSpark’s supply chains connect manufacturers, importers, distributors and end users. It does this by providing goods through both brick and mortar stores and a network of small-scale entrepreneurs. Its first store, based in Les Anglais, Haiti, sells a range of clean energy products, from solar light bulbs to improved cookstoves.

EarthSpark’s stores also serve as hubs for the micro-entrepreneurs selling the nonprofit’s products. After training, these men and women are each provided with a business-in-a-bag, which includes marketing materials and product guides. Entrepreneurs who sell these products can generate enough additional income to run self-sustaining businesses.

By partnering with Kiva, EarthSpark will be able to expand its business-in-a-bag model and get clean energy products to rural, lower-income households in Haiti. When you lend to an EarthSpark entrepreneur, the loan pays for the business-in-a-bag startup kit. The borrower then pays back the loan with profit generated from sales. Every time this happens, their business gets bigger and stronger.

EarthSpark joined Kiva through our Basic Partnership Program and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner pose a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Dec 6, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $75,675 $585,893,100
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $592,425
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 547
Amount of Paying Back Loans $24,975 $119,310,950
Number of Paying Back Loans 52 125,987
Amount of Ended Loans $50,700 $465,989,725
Number of Ended Loans 82 592,709
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 3.42%
Amount in Arrears $0 $2,669,838
Outstanding Portfolio $24,975 $78,049,269
Number of loanDelinquent 0 10,462
Default Rate 0.00% 1.15%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $5,337,667
Amount of Ended Loans $50,700 $465,989,725
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 16,806
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.22% 0.08%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $165 $480,684
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.77%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,494,250
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,038

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 47.13% 74.17%
Average Loan Size $565 $418
Average Individual Loan Size $565 $656
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,827
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,600 $3,432
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 35.30% 12.19%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.69 days 5.58 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $824.38 $75.06
  Average Loan Term 33.61 months 10.3 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 41 292,358
  Journaling Rate 44.19% 42.36%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.05 1.90

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2011 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR 51.00% PY 33.64% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 4.2% -1.40%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 95.00% 41.35%

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Field Partner Staff

Allison Archambault
Emily Clark
Brian Gurr
Rachel McManus
Yverose Milien
Ernest Mondésir
Ian Muir
Dan Schnitzer